Dictionary: PAL'IN-ODE, or PAL'IN-O-DY – PAL'LI-A-TING

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PAL'IN-ODE, or PAL'IN-O-DY, n. [Gr. παλινῳδια; παλιν, again, and ῳδη, a song.]

A recantation, or declaration contrary to a former one. – Encyc. Sandys.

PAL-I-SADE', n. [Fr. palissade; Sp. palizada; It. palizzata; from pale, or the same root. The Welsh has palis a thin partition of boards or laths, a wainscot; palisaw, to wainscot.]

A fence or fortification consisting of a row of stakes or posts sharpened, and set firmly in the ground. In fortification, the posts are set two or three inches apart, parallel to the parapet in the covered way, to prevent a surprise. Palisades serve also to fortify the avenues of open forts, gorges, half moons, the bottom of ditches, &c. – Encyc.

PAL-I-SADE', v.t.

To surround, inclose or fortify with stakes or posts.


Fortified with stakes or posts.


Fortifying with posts.

PAL'ISH, a. [from pale.]

Somewhat pale or, wan; as, a palish blue. – Arbuthnot.

PALL, n.1 [L. pallium; Sax. pælle; It. pallio; Arm. pallen; Ir. peall.]

  1. A cloke; a mantle of state. – Milton.
  2. The mantle of an archbishop. – Ayliffe.
  3. The cloth thrown over a dead body at funerals. – Dryden.

PALL, n.2

In heraldry, a figure like the Greek Υ. – Encyc.

PALL, v.i. [W. pallu, to fail; allied to pale, and to Gr. παλαιος, old; Heb. Ch. and Ar. בלה; Heb. גבל. See Fail. Class Bl, No. 6, 18, 21.]

To become vapid; to lose strength, life, spirit or taste; to become insipid; as, the liquor palls. Beauty soon grows familiar to the lover, / Fades in the eye and palls upon the sense. – Addison.

PALL, v.t.1

To cloke; to cover or invest. – Shak.

PALL, v.t.2

  1. To make vapid or insipid. Reason and reflection … blunt the edge of the keenest desires, and pall all his enjoyments. – Atterbury.
  2. To make spiritless; to dispirit; to depress. The more we raise our love, / The more we pall and cool and kill his ardor. – Dryden.
  3. To weaken; to impair; as, to pall fortune. – Shak.
  4. To cloy; as, the palled appetite. – Tatler.

PAL'LA, n.

Among the Romans, a large upper robe worn by ladies. – Elmes.

PAL-LA'DI-UM, n. [Gr. παλλαδιον, from Pallas, the goddess.]

  1. Primarily, a statue of the goddess Pallas, which represented her as sitting with a pike in her right hand, and in her left a distaff and spindle. On the preservation of this statue depended the safety of Troy. Hence,
  2. Something that affords effectual defense, protection and safety; as when we say, the trial by jury is the palladium of our civil rights. – Blackstone.
  3. A metal discovered in 1803 by Wollaston, and found in very small grains, of a steel gray color and fibrous structure, in auriferous and platiniferous sand. It is infusible by ordinary heat, and when native, is alloyed with a little platinum and iridium. – Dict. Nat. Hist.


In mythology, the Grecian goddess of wisdom.

PALL'ED, pp.

Made insipid.

PAL'LET, n.1 [Fr. palette; It. paletta, a fire-shovel; Sp. paleta; from L. pala, W. pâl, a shovel, a peel.]

  1. Among painters, a little oval table or board, or piece of ivory, on which the painter places the colors to be used. On the middle the colors are mixed to obtain the tints required. – Encyc.
  2. Among potters, crucible makers, &c., a wooden instrument for forming, heating and rounding their works. It is oval, round, &c. – Encyc.
  3. In gilding, an instrument made of a squirrel's tail, to take up the gold leaves from the pillow, and to apply and extend them. – Encyc.
  4. In heraldry, a small pale. [See Pale.]
  5. A small part belonging to the balance of a watch; the nut of a watch. It is sometimes written pallat.
  6. A measure formerly used by surgeons, containing three ounces. – Hakewill.

PAL'LET, n.2 [paillet, Chaucer; Fr. paille, L. palea, straw; Ir. peall, a couch.]

A small bed. – Milton.

PAL'LI-A-MENT, n. [L. pallium, a cloke.]

A dress; a robe. [Not used.] – Shak.

PAL'LI-ARD, n. [Fr.]

A lecher; a lewd person. [Not used nor English.]


Fornication. [Not used.] – Buck.


A bed used in an army or camp. Qu. [1841 Addenda only.]


Eased; mitigated. [Not used.]

PAL'LI-ATE, v.t. [Fr. pallier; Sp. paliar; It. palliare; from Low L. pallio, from pallium, a cloke or robe.]

  1. To clothe. [Obs.]
  2. To cover with excuse; to conceal the enormity of offenses by excuses and apologies; hence, to extenuate; to lessen; to soften by favorable representations; as, to palliate faults, offenses, crimes or vices. – Dryden.
  3. To reduce in violence; to mitigate; to lessen or abate; as, to palliate a disease.


Covered by excuses; extenuated; softened.


Concealing the enormity or most censurable part of conduct; extenuating; softening.